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A thoughtful, dignified book about Hanukkah history and traditions
in many lands. Its outstanding feature is the sharing o f several
anecdotes illustrating the determination o f Jews to observe the
holiday despite the danger o f persecution. A glossary, index, pro­
nunciation guide, and an annotated list for further reading are
given. Demi’s spidery drawings are decorative.
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Yussel’s prayer: a Yom Kippur story.
Illus. by Michael J.
Deraney. New York, Lothrop, 1981. Unp. (4-8)
The gates o f heaven will open only to the truly devout on the Day o f
Atonement. The congregation is humbled when they learn it is not
their diluted prayers which cause them to open, but the pure tune
played on a reed pipe by an orphan-shepherd. Cohen’s retelling o f
this legend is lyrical, and full credit must be given to the finely
textured sepia drawings.
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New York, Dial, 1981. 151 p. (8-12)
Sally Moffat, from a bigoted Christian family, grows to appreciate the
friendship o f Evie Grauber, a guest at a Catskill hotel near Sally’s
grandmother’s home. Despite some stereotyping, this is a pleasant
novel demonstrating the ability to adopt new values, independent
o f family.
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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: sweet beginnings.
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Brom Hoban.
(AJewish holidays book),
New York, Holiday, 1981.93 p.
Drucker works through the theme o f the High Holy Days as a time for
making choices and for finding the strength to change. Included are
old lore and traditions o f the Jewish people throughout history, and
modern innovative ways o f celebrating the holidays. The Appendix
contains High Holy Day Prayers in English. It is followed by a
glossary, a list o f suggested readings, and an index. Friendly, infor­
mative, and thoughtful.
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wonders: tales from the Old Testament.
Illus. by
Charles Mikolaycak. New York, Four Winds, 1981. 352 p. (12 and
The author has taken liberties with selected tales, creating dialogue
and soliloquy to intensify conflict. The language is exquisite and
the imagery evokes heights and depths o f emotions, attributed by
the author to such biblical characters as Jacob, Ruth, Rachel and
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The year the world was out o f step with Jancy Fried.
New York,
Harcourt, 1981. 156 p. (10-14)
A 12-year-old girl, Jancy Fried, is confused and troubled by her
family’s ambivalent attitude towards their Jewishness. Jancy is also
preoccupied with school and social activities, and the uneven state
o f her own emotions. When the family works together to bring